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Is it safe to drink coffee regularly? Does drinking coffee increase or decrease the risk of cancer?
Despite some earlier concerns, drinking coffee does not seem to increase the risk of cancer. In fact, some studies link coffee intake with reduced risk of developing certain forms of cancer and reduced progression of colorectal cancer, although a cause-and-effect relationship has not been proven.
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Note that use of certain supplements have been associated with increased or decreased risk of developing cancers, as discussed in our answer to the question Is it true that some vitamins or supplements can cause cancer?
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Maxwell House Decaf
Does Maxwell House decaffeinated coffee contain chemical solvent? Find out what the company told ConsumerLab in our updated article about coffee and cancer.
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Decaf Coffee & Chemical Solvents
Find out which brands of coffee do not use chemical solvents to decaffeinate their coffee in the “Does coffee contain toxic heavy metals or solvents?" section of our article about coffee & cancer.
Chemical in Coffee
Some forms of decaffeinated coffee may contain potentially dangerous residual solvents used to remove the caffeine. See how selected brands compare and how you can avoid solvents in coffee, in our updated article about coffee and cancer.
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